Ran out of horse feed!

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Ran out of horse feed!

This is a discussion on Ran out of horse feed! within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Running out of horse food
  • What to do if you run out of horse feed

Like Tree2Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    12-04-2011, 02:22 PM
Ran out of horse feed!

So I ran out of horse feed yesterday morning so I fed him hay.
The feed store is STILL closed today..
He's STARVING; the hay is simply not enough. I was wondering if anyone knew any feed suplications (like oatmeal or something) that I could feed him for the night & tomorrow morning until dad can go get more feed.
Something that I can find around the house or run to the store to get.
Thank you for any help.
Sponsored Links
    12-04-2011, 02:27 PM
I'm not an expert, so if someone more experienced than I am says something else, please follow them. How much hay are you feeding him? Many horses do not get any grain and are on hay and pasture only. Others only get a small amount of grain to get supplements in. A few days without grain should not be a problem as long as you offer enough hay - free choice throughout the day and night would be great if possible.
    12-04-2011, 02:28 PM
Give him more hay? Yes your horse going to call out for his grain but, he is not going to die.
    12-04-2011, 02:38 PM
Hay should be plenty enough, no horse will starve in a couple of days if he had enough hay.

We've all done it, OK, well I've done it before, but having run out of feed once, try and make sure that you have a supply in from now on. I changed from only having one bag to having one I'm using and one in reserve, so when the 'user' is getting low I get a new one in then, that way I never run out.
    12-04-2011, 03:29 PM
I would NOT try to make up for running out of feed by giving him ANYTHING except hay and more hay!!

I HIGHLY doubt he is starving. ALOT of horses ONLY get hay, like my draft....does she look like she's starving?????

NEVER underestimate the fragile nature of a horse's digestive system.

Seriously, just adding something randomly to his feeding regimen can end up having disasterous results. Your horse will be fine for a few days without his feed. He's likely mad about not getting his feed, but he won't go hungry or starve.... he will just be grumpy.
    12-04-2011, 03:42 PM
I agree with the above, plenty of hay should be fine, but I would advise to not overload them with grain b/c they have been out for a day or say, I would say give them half of what they usually get for a day then bump them back up to the usual amount :)
    12-07-2011, 07:05 PM
Yeah, there's no problem here.. roughage is what horses live off of in the wild, anyway, remember!! Your boy just wants some tasty feed, is all!!
    12-07-2011, 07:10 PM
How much grain are you feeding, anyway, that he notices a difference in "fullness?" No matter what kind of grain you give, you should never be feeding it to curb a horse's hunger but rather to supplement with whatever key nutrients are in it. Hay and grass are for filler.
    12-07-2011, 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by Beauseant    
...does she look like she's starving?????

Yep! Wasting away into nothingness. Bet she disappears when looked at from the side!

Oh wait...we ARE looking from the side...
    12-08-2011, 10:07 AM
I agree with everyone else. Give more hay.

If you feel the need to feed something, get a carrot or an apple and cut it into small pieces. Note, not a whole bunch of carrots and apples, you are not substituting his grain amount with something else. You are just putting something in his feed bucket to eat.

horse feed question, horse help

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is better to feed horses pellets or textured feed? BarrelRaceing Horse Nutrition 17 09-10-2011 03:38 PM
As far as horse feed are Pellets and Sweet feed the main two types of feed? nyg052003 Horse Health 2 07-14-2011 10:25 AM
What do you feed your easy keeper? Looking for new feed Buckcherry Horse Nutrition 21 12-17-2010 08:57 PM
Help feed the horses who lost their feed in the PNW horsesandponies Horse Health 1 01-14-2009 01:04 AM
What does it cost you to feed your horses their HARD feed?? Peggysue Horse Health 10 08-08-2008 12:35 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0